Beer Review: GOOSE ISLAND BRAMBLE RYE BOURBON COUNTY STOUT

Beer Review: GOOSE ISLAND BRAMBLE RYE BOURBON COUNTY STOUT

Goose Island, known for its penchant for experimentation with ingredients and aging techniques, presents the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout. In this iteration of the Bourbon County Brand Stout, the brewers have aged the traditional recipe in rye whiskey barrels, infusing it with raspberries and blackberries from Michigan. The outcome is a robust beer that boasts pronounced notes of tart fruit and jam, seamlessly transitioning into the warm spice characteristic of a premium rye whiskey.


Appearance: A Shadowy Viscosity

The pour unveils a dense, ebony black, devoid of any head – a visual testament to its viscosity.

Aroma: A Symphony of Indulgence

Milk chocolate, graham cracker crust, caramel, and the elusive scent of black raspberry ice cream (a rarity on the west coast) compose an olfactory symphony.

Taste: A Decadent Journey

Embarking on a decadent journey, the palate encounters a dark chocolate raspberry truffle, complemented by woody barrel undertones. The tang of raspberry preserves emerges, gracefully accompanied by a restrained boozy finish relative to the substantial alcohol by volume.

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied Elegance

The body, full yet slightly less weighty, allows the brambles to take center stage, while unobtrusive carbonation enhances the overall experience.

Overall: A Delightful Symphony of Flavors

In sum, the Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout is a delectable concoction. The nuanced reduction in body weight subtly elevates the prominence of the brambles, creating a harmonious balance within this indulgent libation.